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School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Lecture
Start Date: 4/5/2013Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 4/5/2013

Event Description:
Topic: Hurricanes, Heat Waves, Harmful Algal Blooms: What is the fate of Long Island’s Coastal Ecosystems as they Confront the New Normal?

Chris Gobler, Stony Brook University

The year 2012 was remarkable for Long Island. Hurricane Sandy brought unparalleled devastation, including the loss the human life. Within the South Shore Estuary Reserve, sewage treatment plants were compromised by the storm, permitting hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage to spill into waterways and closing shellfish beds for more than three months. The storm created three new barrier island inlets, one of which is now wider than the Shinnecock Inlet. Beyond the storm, the spring of 2012 brought the hottest water temperatures on record (dating to 1850) and began a succession of harmful algal blooms that closed 10,000 acres of shellfish beds, acidified estuarine waters, and were responsible for the deaths of finfish, shellfish, and even pets. These blooms were supported by land derived nitrogen loading that increases annually suggesting these events may intensify. This presentation will review these occurrences, their interconnected nature, their lasting impact, and options for mitigating them and protecting coastal resources as Long Island confronts threats that may become more common or more intense in the near future.

Free and open to the public. The lecture will be followed by a reception.
Location Information:
Stony Brook Southampton - Duke Lecture Hall  (View Map)
239 Montauk Highway
Southampton, NY 11968
United States
Phone: (631) 632-8000
Contact Information:
Phone: (631) 632-5046

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